Some FAQs About Your Tongue That Can Help!

We talk an awful lot about teeth and gums. We even mention your lip tissue from time to time! However, if you haven’t caught the occasional mention of your tongue, then you may be feeling like you could really use some helpful knowledge right about now! If you think you’re the only person trying to decide whether to ask us oral health related tongue questions or if you should just hop online to find the details, our Virginia Beach, VA team reminds you of two important things: First, you should absolutely only get your info from us! Second, of course, you’re in very good company! Lots of patients have lots of questions about their tongues, so let’s get going with answers!

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Why does my tongue have a bumpy border around the edge? It hasn’t always!

Answer: If you look at your tongue in the mirror and you see that long its edge, it has a bumpy, scalloped appearance, then this might be the result of something we call bruxism. This disorder happens when you grind or clench your teeth. As a result, when your tongue gets into the mix, the scalloped shape of your smile pattern becomes indented along your tongue’s border! Protect your oral health by coming in for bruxism treatment.

Question: What should I do if I burn my tongue a little bit on hot food? Do I need to come in to see you for an oral health visit?

Answer: Unless it’s quite bad or doesn’t begin to heal, you can care for it on your own. Immediately soak it in cold water. Then, avoid hot and spicy foods and drinks and be gentle with your tongue tissue until it feels better!

Question: Do I really need to do something in particular to clean my tongue? Doesn’t this part of my oral health just magically stay clean and healthy on its own?

Answer: We remind patients that dental hygiene is not only for teeth and gums but also for your tongue! While you may think that your tongue magically remains clean, the truth is, you should be cleaning it. An extremely convenient and common way to do so is to brush it during your dental hygiene sessions. It just takes mere seconds! Or, if you don’t like the idea of brushing it, try out a tongue scraper!

See Us For Your Tongue Care Needs

If you notice that your tongue feels different or looks different, or you simply have questions, remember that we offer care for every aspect of your oral health. Schedule a visit and come in to see us soon! Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.